Never Stop

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“Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 This verse seems unattainable. Indeed, it’s impossible… in the Matrix.  But… when you see the Matrix… when you catch a glimpse of reality—outside of the materially-motivated anxious hustle of normal life—it might not seem so far-fetched.  Have you heard athletes talk about being “in the zone”? They are referring to being so locked into their …

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Choose Joy

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 It’s the three ideas together that make this genius.  It’s easy to be joyful when your hope is built on positive present circumstances. But being joyful when you’re hoping in the middle of suffering is another matter. And a matter that requires consistent (“faithful”) prayer. Not just a decision …

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Misunderstandings

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There was a misunderstanding I overheard recently. One person was really mad. The other was unaware of the infraction. Then, the others were trying to go-between.  A lot of our people-troubles are misunderstandings.  They misunderstood what we meant. They misunderstood what we care about.  Or we did the same to them.  Some will say, “if you can be there, that’d …

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Little Mouth

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“Be careful little mouth what you say” It’s from a cute children’s song. Do you know it?  But I fear that those of us who grew up singing it may have missed the point.  We’re not going to be careful of what we say so as not to provoke the wrath of a policing God in the sky. Instead, as …

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Momentum, part 5

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Follow the favor! In my book, Favor With Kings, I examine the amazing story of Nehemiah. Most people focus on the building of the wall—and rightly so—but we can’t miss the path that got him there. Nehemiah found uncanny favor with the most powerful leader in the known world—the King of Persia—who not only blessed his pet project, but funded it. …

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Momentum, part 4

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Know the season you’re in.  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3:1 There are rhythms of growth that add to momentum. We work for six days, but rest for one. We sleep at night and trust God to keep the world turning. When we exercise, we push, then recover. When we run, …

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Momentum, part 3

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You can’t play it safe.  Jesus talked about three guys who were given assets by their employer. He charged them with deploying the assets to advance the cause. Two did that, but the last one just buried the resources, so as not to lose them. He played it safe. In the end, the owner took those assets and gave them …

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Momentum, part 2

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Be generous. The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. Proverbs 11:24 (MSG) Are you motivated by gaining or giving?  We were designed to be contributors, giving our gifts and abilities away in the service of others.  Sometimes, our projects lose momentum because we become self-focused instead of sensitive to the …

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Momentum, part 1

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You feel momentum when you have it. You feel it even more when you don’t.  Momentum is the feeling/sense that things are moving in the right direction and the wind is at your back. Or, in sports, that you’re running downhill. Momentum can be about pace, passion, profit, and the sense that something good has been happening and is continuing …

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Pivot

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You’re doing something that needs to be tweaked. Most successful businesses—including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—were pivots. The first thing they tried wasn’t working, so they shifted and found success by learning from mistakes, listening to others, and pivoting.  What isn’t working or could be better?  What habit?  What practice?  What hobby? What business? What relationship? You can’t be married to …

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